Robert Samuelson's got a great column in today's WaPost. In it, he dreams aloud of a two-man tour of the country in which former Presidents Clinton and Bush would come clean as to the mistakes they made in office which helped put us where we are today. A sample of the writing: "Clinton would condemn Democrats’ ritualistic attacks on Republicans — he excelled at them — that equate any changes in Social Security and Medicare with demolishing the programs. Bush would challenge the world’s Grover Norquists for whom even the tiniest tax increase is an unpardonable sin inviting economic ruin."
I shook my head as I read this, thinking how much I would love to see it (there was actually an event planned over a year ago for the two ex-Presidents to sit down together--I bought tickets, then it was canceled), but how impossible such a tour would be.
We are fast approaching the time where even smart compromise won't work anymore, where we'll be consigned to the dustbin of history as the latest great empire to collapse under its own weight.